An operating system (OS) works as an interface between the hardware and the software part of a device. In layman’s term, it is a software that lets you run other software on a device. Android, iOS, Windows, and Mac are some examples of an operating system, you must be already knowing that as our phones and computers run on these operating systems. But do you know that even TVs have their own operating systems?
Smart TV as we call it is smarter and more capable than that of conventional television and it is simply due to the fact that a smart TV has its own operating system. There are several TV OS available in the market like the Roku TV, Fire TV, Android TV, Tizen, Firefox OS, and WebOS. But in this article, we are going to compare the 3 best TV brands operating systems, Android, Tizen, and WebOS.
Sales Percentage Graph (Android TV vs Tizen vs webOS)
Android TV vs Tizen vs webOS Comparison
As you may know, Android OS belongs to Google, and on the other hand, Tizen and webOS are native to Samsung and LG respectively. Android OS comes in Smart TVs from brands like SONY, Sharp, and Philips while Tizen and webOS come preinstalled in Smart TVs from their respective brands.
Moreover, the Android and Tizen OS were first developed for Smartphones while the webOS was solely designed for smart TVs. For more information about these operating systems and to know which is one is better, let’s see each OS pros and cons one by one.
User Interface (UI)
The UI as you know is the interface between humans and computers, or in this case televisions. The icons, folders, and graphics that we see on the screen are all part of UI, the smoother the UI the easier it is to interact with the device.
In terms of the interface, the webOS is better than the Tizen and Android TV. It has a taskbar at the bottom of the screen which contains a scrolling row of content and icons which takes minimal space on the screen. The good thing about the WebOS interface is that its start menu doesn’t take over the whole screen. Moreover, the graphically enriched folders and icons help you easily browse through your content.
Similar to the WebOS, Tizen has kept most of the space on the screen empty so that you can easily scroll through different content while watching TV. Other then the toolbar at the bottom, there is a Recent box on the left corner of the screen that dynamically changes between the recently viewed content and recently used apps.
Unlike the other previous two OS, the interface on the Android TV is a mess as it stills takes up the whole screen for its homepage, which doesn’t look that good. Moreover, the layout of the icons and folder looks vintage and take up a lot of space. However, the good thing is that you can customize the running order of the content on the home screen.
Needless to say that all three TV OS supports all the basic streaming apps like Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube. However, when we talk about a smart TV the first thing that comes across our mind is the list of the apps it supports. And Android TV is a clear winner in this segment. Android being a product of Google has access to thousands of apps especially designed for Smart TVs available on the Google Play Store.
While on the other hand Tizen and WebOS support apps from their local app store named Tizen Store and LG Content Store respectively. The number of apps available on these stores is insignificant when we compare them with apps available on the Play Store.
All three TV OS has a strong voice recognition feature, the Android TV has a built-in Google Assistant for voice commands using the TV remote. However, you can also use Amazon’s Alexa on it with the help of an external listening device. Similarly, Tizen has built-in Bixby engine that can recognize your words for changing TV settings and searching content.
Tizen also supports the Google Assistant and Alexa for voice recognition but only via external speakers. However, with the latest LG TVs, you can use Alexa, Google Assistance and LG’s own ThinkQ AI system for voice recognition without any external listening devices.
The ability to interact with other smart devices over the internet is one of the most important features of a smart TV. Moreover, with the rise of Internet Of things(IoT) devices our homes have now transformed into smart homes and what’s better than having smart TVs as a center of all devices i.e you can control all the smart devices with your Smart TV.
Android TV and WebOS uses the built-in Google Assistant to interact with other smart devices in your home. On the other hand, Samsung has its own IoT platform known as the SmartThings which comes preloaded on Samsung Smart TVs. It can control all smart home devices like lights, thermostats, motion sensors, etc.
Screencasting is a feature that lets you mirror your content playing on your smart device to a big screen. Basically, all smart TVs have this feature, the only difference is the casting technology which varies according to the operating system. For example, Android TV comes with built-in Chromecast technology that lets you share content from apps that support Chromecast like YouTube, Netflix, Google Photos, etc.
While the Tizen uses its SmartThing technology to let you cast your favorite content on your big TV screen. All you need to do is to download the SmartThing app on your smart device from which you want to mirror content and then you are good to go. The WebOS, on the other hand, uses its native SmartShare feature that lets you watch all the multimedia content on your TV.
Smart TVs are gaining more and more popularity among people worldwide. So much so that out of all TVs sold in 2018, smart TVs had a contribution of 67% in it. According to statistics, 157 million smart TVs were sold last year out of which 21% were running on Tizen OS. Followed by WebOS at 12% and Android TV at 10%. This means that Tizen is the most popular TV OS, at least what numbers are telling. You can read more about the same here.
To conclude Android TV vs Tizen vs webOS comparison, we would like to say that all the operating systems are good, but if you ask which one is the best? Then according to us, WebOS is a perfect TV OS. Though it had some shortcomings, but still it provides you immersive TV viewing experience with smart features. Tizen is equally good as an operating system but Android TV needs a little more upgradation to be at the top. However, if you like Android apps then you can definitely go with an Android TV.